Moses H. Cone Memorial Park, Blowing Rock

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The former estate of a wealthy entrepreneur and philanthropist, Moses H. Cone Memorial Park combines lavish living with natural beauty. At the heart of the 1,416 hectare (3,500 acre) estate sits Flat Top Manor, a massive Colonial Revival-style mansion built in 1901. The manor now houses the Parkway Craft Center, which displays handmade crafts by local artists. Due to Moses Cone's interest in conservation, the estate contains large forests of white pine and hemlock hedges, as well as man-made lakes filled with bass and trout. You can explore the grounds on carriage trails which guide you through the estate; they also wind past the family cemetery and near the carriage and apple barn. Put Moses H. Cone Memorial Park and other Blowing Rock attractions into our Blowing Rock trip builder website , and watch your holiday take shape.
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  • Hiking on carriage paths is a different experience since you’ll have horses coming by and friendly riders who will,let you interact with them. This is a large, scenic area right on the Blue ridge park...  more »
  • Bring your credit card, very easy to do some real damage. Alot of local artists which is always very appealing  more »
  • Our family recently visited the historic Cone manor located on the Blue Ridge Parkway a mere 10 minute drive up from Blowing Rock, NC and loved it. The mountain retreat called Flat Top Manor was const...  more »
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  • Great find right on the Blue Ridge Parkway. Beautiful historic house on bequeathed property with gorgeous views and trails. Multi-artisan shop on first floor. Wow - what a selection! An extremely talented woodworker/cabinetmaker was demonstrating his craft while we were there. Stunning small/mini boxes with practical uses in dozens of gorgeous woods. Expensive for me but drool-worthy. Access to rest of house by limited tour only.
  • One of my favorite places on NC blue ridge pkwy side. It is beautiful, excellent scenic views from many points. Great old house looks great on that hill and it has a lot of interesting stuff inside. There is parking there, a lot of it, but you may want to find a spot closer to the center so you don't walk through dirt. Restrooms in old stables. A lot of trails, places for picnic. A lot of horse droppings too, be careful.
  • This is a great spot to take a walk and take in the scenery. The manor has a breathtaking view from it's front porch that are filled with chairs for you enjoyment. Inside the house is an arts and craft shop and visitor center of a sort. Once in a while, they also have local craft men or women demonstrating and telling about their art. It's always a pleasure to learn and hear their stories. There is also a great fall hike to the lake on the property if you choose. The restrooms are localed farther to the left from the manor where the wheelchair accessible ramps are. In the winter with snow, this place is magical.
  • Gah, I love this place! I've been hiking around the Cone for years. Mostly at night as it is so incredibly busy during the day. I mean it folks, arrive early to get a parking spot and to avoid residing on the side of the road. The trails are pretty amazing. Beautiful and well maintained. They aren't very strenuous either. Please note: As of late Oct. 2017, the trail to the lake has been closed due to flooding. Can't speak highly enough about the cone. Beautiful, fresh, and busy super crowded during the day :)
  • Absolutely gorgeous views! Truly amazing. The house is beautiful. The entire first floor is a craft gift shop. The crafts are expensive and beautiful. The staff was really only there to sell craft items and didn't seem to want to discuss the home.

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